This past July my family and I took a summer road trip to The Pacific Northwest. It was incredibly beautiful and my first time in that area of the country. I rented a Jetta and we put over 4000 miles on it. The car came with Sirius Radio. I had brought my own iPod Classic loaded with some great music but unfortunately Sirius prevailed on the trip. Rather than debating what I thought was good music on the trip, I let my family play whatever they liked and I drove happily down our nation’s lovely interstates and highways.
Much of the music we listened to was “popular” stuff from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, some 90’s, and current stuff. This is the deal, how many times can a human being hear the same song throughout his/her life before one goes insane? Think about this, how many times have you heard, Take It To The Limit or Bang The Drum All Day or how about Under Pressure? How many more times are you going to hear those three songs again? It’s crazy that with all the music that has existed in this world, there are maybe a couple of thousand songs we all hear over and over and over and fucking over again.
One of the Sirius stations was called, Road Trip. It could have been called the greatest crap hits of all time that you know by heart and won’t ever forget, even if you’re brain dead from choking on your own vomit from hearing the same shit so many times in one lifetime. I think about all the great undiscovered music that will never be heard because it has been left behind thanks to the fear of something new. Record labels have known for a long time that there is a formula that sells records. Deviate from that formula and there will be no future. So, in the long run we have been cheated out of so much more good music and it’s a shame.
Mile after mile we drove listening to Bob Seger, U2, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, GnR, and yes Todd Rundgren. We all had a blast singing in the car and I’d do the trip again in a second. But please, lets work on the soundtrack.
Next week I’ll be back with my normal reviews and asshole comments. Until then, thanks for not running us off the road…